Best Known For His Work On 2000AD’s Judge Dredd And Strontium Dog

Carlos Ezquerra, the legendary Spanish comics artist who co-created the iconic character Judge Dredd in British comics magazine 2000AD, has died aged 70-years-old.

Ezquerra’s death was the result of lung cancer, which he lived with for 10 years.

Back in 1977 Mike McMahon was the first to draw Judge Dredd in 2000AD, Ezquerra was the first to visualize the look and world Judge Dredd, and the mean streets of Mega-Cty One.

80s Ezquerra 2000AD cover

He and writer John Wagner left 2000AD over a dispute over ownership of Judge Dredd, but both would eventually return to the magazine and their creation.

Ezquerra and Wagner went on to create Strontium Dog, another icon of British sci-fi comics, for Starlord magazine in 1978.

Strontium Dog with Dredd

Ezquerra also is known for drawing 2000AD’s adaptations of Harry Harrison’s sci-fi antihero The Stainless Steel Rat and for his Just A Pilgrim, his Western genre collaboration with writer Garth Ennis.

Here are some tributes left by those who were close to him: